Bike safety tips

5/26/2011, 11:51 p.m.

This week's Black New Yorker, Edward Rush, advises cycling as a way to get into shape. Bike riding can be a fun way to exercise if done safely. Here are some bike safety tips to consider when riding around the city.

- Always wear a helmet.

- Ride with traffic when on the street.

- Never ride on the sidewalk.

- Have reflectors on the back and the front of your bike.

- Obey all traffic laws.

- Use bike lanes when provided.

- Stay to the right when riding on the street with traffic.

- Signal with hands to let vehicles know you are turning.

- At night, have a white light on the front of your bike and a red light on the back.

- Use a bell to let other cyclists and pedestrians know you are coming.